HOW DID YOU SEE GOD THIS WEEK AS YOU FOLLOWED HIM?

WHAT DID GOD SAY IN HIS WORD?

Opening Question:

What family story got repeated the most as you grew up? Is there a story in your family history that you think sums up or defines your family?

Genealogies tell the story of God’s work with his people throughout the generations. As we read the genealogy of Jesus, think about which characters you recognize, or which parts of the story of God with his people are the most important:

1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. 2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3 and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, 4 and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, 5 and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, 6 and Jesse the father of David the king.

And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, 7 and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asaph, 8 and Asaph the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, 9 and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, 10 and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, 11 and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.

12 And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, 13 and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, 14 and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, 15 and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, 16 and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ. 17 So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.

Reflect Together:

When Matthew summarizes the genealogy in verse 1, he names two important figures in biblical history: David and Abraham. What makes these guys so important? For a refresher, feel free to check out Genesis 12 & 13, and 2 Samuel 7.

God had made his people a bunch of promises over the years. Can you name any of the promises he had made? At the time when Jesus was born, were God’s people experiencing the benefits of all those promises? Can you point out any that they were still waiting for?

WHAT DID GOD SAY TO ME THROUGH HIS WORD?

Part of God’s promise to Abraham was that his family would be a blessing to the whole world. Jesus covered the world in God’s blessing when he opened the way of salvation for all people by his death on the cross. Are there ways in which you seek God’s blessing for your own benefit? How might he be calling you to share God’s blessings with others this season?

WHAT DOES GOD WANT ME TO DO ABOUT IT?

The Christmas season can sometimes get overrun with self-serving, focusing only on ourselves or our families or friends. Consider how you can share the blessings God has given you, both material and spiritual beyond your comfortable circles of acquaintances.